When kin of slaves and owner meet

Betty Kilby was gripped with apprehension. Descendants of the white family that enslaved her kin were coming to dinner.

She scrolled through a mental Rolodex of relatives who might flip out. Her brothers had already asked her: Why would you want to meet the family of those who held our loved ones in bondage?

“When they ask that question,” she says, “you kind of scratch your head. It makes sense. Why would you want to do that?”

As the dinner neared, she thought of her grandparents, who had toiled in the fields of rural Rappahannock County, Virginia. “Out of all the crazy things I’ve done,” she thought, “this has got to be the craziest.” Read more at CNN

1 Comment

  • Shundra Chamberliss Posted May 22, 2014 8:55 pm

    I think this is a great idea. Reconciliation brings healing to deeply rooted hurts due to slavery. Also, I can’t help but notice the similarities of features of these two people. And its not just the haircut.

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